Instead of focusing on the ball Conservatives are busy day dreaming about some fantasy perfect candidate who will magically appear and "save" them.
The result is 2012 is probably a repeat of 2008. Conservative voters will be scattered to the 4 winds thus allowing the RINO Romney to win the nomination with about 20% of the party vote.
Then, since Romney is 0 lite, only the two parties hard core bases will vote in Nov 2012 allowing 0 to breeze to a 2nd term.
Perry will beat Romney easily.
I’m down to these two hopes:
1) A conservative controlled House and Senate.
2) A president who will sign their legislation.
Even if we get your scenario, perhaps 1) will overcome or at least severely limit the damage.
There is still a lot of time left. We are a year away from the beginning of the general election season.
There is no perfect candidate. But it doesn’t hurt to let them all duke it out, flush out the losers (T-Paw), and decide who will make the best president.
At this juncture I would say that Bachmann or Perry will win Iowa, Romney will win NH, Perry will win SC, and they’ll duke it out on Super Tuesday.
But that could all change if Palin, Ryan or Christie get in (none of which I think will).
Consider, by this time last cycle, Fred hadn’t even declared his candidacy, Rudy was the national front-runner, and McCain’s campaign was crashing and burning before being restructured. Romney was cruising in Iowa and Huckabee was an afterthought.
Then what happened? Huck won Iowa, Mitt lost again in NH and SC, and Rudy, having decided not to compete in either state, was essentially out of it.
Right now I predict Perry will be the nominee. But don’t rule out his rhetoric (and the media) scaring off some of the weak-kneed Republicans, and saddling us with Romney.